Why These Magic: The Gathering Cards Are Worth $27,000


(lively music playing) – So Magic: The Gathering is the godfather of trading card games. And the idea of the game
was to give you something to do while you’re at a Comic Con. So while you’re waiting to
see your favorite artist, or to see your favorite actor, or to see a panel by somebody, you had nothing to do back then. You had no phones, you had no
internet to look at things. The game was designed to
give people something to do. They could just sit on the
floor while they’re waiting, and they could just play
some quick games of Magic. And within six months
the game just blew up. It was given away at first, then it was given to local
game stores at the time, and eventually it just went
on to become a phenomenon. And nowadays millions is given
away yearly in prize money, and people make livings out of
playing Magic: The Gathering. (lively music playing) So what I have here is
the “Power of Nine.” And these cards are the most expensive, the most powerful Magic cards
essentially ever printed. So each card has a very high price range. So here we have the Black Lotus. This is the grand daddy
of all trading cards. It’s the “Charizard” of Magic, and it is one of the most
powerful Magic cards of all time. So essentially what it
does, it costs nothing, it’s absolutely nothing to play. When you play it, you sacrifice it, and you add three color of
any one mana to your manifold. Now essentially mana is the energy cards. If you’ve ever played Pokemon, if you’ve ever played Hearthstone,
it’s like the mana rocks. Mana is a type of resource. All your cards, all your magic cards, have a mana cost, they
have a resource cost. So if I have this on turn one, I’m able to play something
that cost three mana, something that cost three resources. So if we look at these two cards, this costs two in total, this cost one. So on my first turn on the
game I can play my Lotus, I can sacrifice it, I
can take an extra turn, and I can draw three cards. So to put it into perspective,
if you’re playing Monopoly, that’s like starting with Mayfair, and an extra £500, and I can take three dice
rolls on my first turn, when you can only take one. That’s why this card is absolutely broken. This card has been going up in price for the last couple of years. At the moment it’s sitting
around £7,000 ($9,400.) Yeah, £7,000 ($9,400) In total,
everything is about £20,000. (lively music playing) There’s not many ways you can get ’em. It’s trading for them, buying them, buying big collections. It’s quite limited how to get them. That’s why they demand
such a high price tag. You just can’t go into a
shop and buy a pack of cards, that these might be in no more. These cards are never
going to be reprinted. Think of these as fine art, or that first Spider-man
comic, Amazing Fantasy #1. That’s done nothing but go up over time. The same has happened with these cards. These cards are collectable cards. So, yes, for the most part
this is just something that you would sit on. This is something that is
a long-term investment. (lively music playing)

100 comments

  • ngantnier

    Except none of them are legal in any format real people play. If they were the game would be screwed. Way too much power.

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  • JLknight Etherion

    I'd print those out using Photo Paper and add those to my deck

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  • ngantnier

    Any potential investors please do your research. There are many many fakes out there. Which if you don't see cards from ABU often can fool most people.

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  • Paul Summerfield

    I've got a couple of those I think…

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  • Jave Lester Odvina

    Materialism instinct at its best!

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  • John Gidayawan

    I better buy a million of padpaper than to buy a piece of card that cost more than a house.

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  • AdamCarter MI5

    His virginity is much like those cards….pristine.

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  • Redvexer

    i like forceing my oppoenent to draw 3 cards dude, what you talking about!?

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  • marklies

    i wana play pokemon cards and yugioh

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  • Life Line

    My next subscriber will be given a shout-out

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  • Cat Doy

    nerds

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  • Kruppt808

    I have unopened packs from that set, my mom threw out 4 black lotus mint condition, I used to play and had all the cards and the best decks, cards are for nerds, those people who play this game have no life, why is that stupid cardz worth food money for hungry babies. Check and double check.

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  • Rajat Basak

    You remind me of the movie Blast from the past 1999. 😀

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  • Muhammad Fiqri

    Thanos: forget about the stone i need that card NOW

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  • arwin santos

    so my pokemon cards is expensive?

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  • Jazz Penger

    See, what you do here is print out whatever card you want out of the printer and put it on a cardboard and now you can either sell the card that you made or play with it…

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  • Massivespeedy

    Hmm
    Photocopy machine sound
    I'm rich

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  • Mr. WhiteCat

    Black Lotus = Ultimate P2W

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  • Kayserili38ification

    after watching this.. full of joy, i had to look at my 17 year old magic collection i played back when i was a kid.. realising i have none of these card dropped everything in box again. feeling no joy at all atm.

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  • Trolly

    Are they not easily forged?

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  • Sahil Gaming
  • rickracer10

    Lol, all that money and they are not even on a top loader sleeve, imagine if someone bent one of those babies 🌚

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  • Dhruv Brahma

    Hahahahaha!🔥👍🤠😩

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  • Dank Buds

    Charizard of magic what an insult this is just the Black Lotus that's all it is it needs no other explanation

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  • CrazyLegs

    You can have all these cards and still get rekt by someone's $20 turn 2 win lol

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  • Charles Boyung

    Guy's an idiot from the very first sentence. "The game was designed to give you something to do while waiting at a comic con"? He completely misinterpreted the wikipedia article sentence to come up with that BS.

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  • Reshiram52

    It would be a shame if someone burnt them

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  • Beary Boy

    Haha. Black Lotus. Good old times. Sadly I couldn't play MTG forever because it's too expensive

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  • HeX VibeZ

    Long term investment until the game crashes and it’s worth as much as the paper it’s printed on

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  • billy 322

    AHA I ACTIVATE MY TRAP CARD

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  • Liquid Durp

    To anyone one wondering why you wouldn't just print these cards, they have a unique production method now unused now in magic, aswell as many ways to spot a fake.

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  • AdoptedParasyte

    They shoulda interviewed Rudy. Smh

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  • Mr. Sleepy

    First Spider-Man appearance was "Amazing Fantasy #15" not #1.:)

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  • Caleb Williamson

    Where did you find this idiot?

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  • Res Art

    Why dont nerds sell those for hookers?

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  • Fritz Asuro

    Saw the title, Black Lotus as expected.

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  • Jesse B-K

    Wasnt a lotus sold for 100,000$? Ya’know, psa 10, alpha?

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  • Khaleo ,

    But those are not 1st edition are 3rd edition very easy to differentiate : 1st and 2nd edition have black border and 3 rd and 4th edition have white border (this cards in specific weren’t print in 4th edition)

    Also you forget to say that this cards are 24 years old an they are in the reserve list, basically they can never be reprinted

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  • F.O.M Cobra

    I need a rich guy to buy all available power nine and destroy them

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  • Ramirez J

    Decent video. I'm an experienced MTG player and what I want to make clear is that Amazing Fantasy #1 is not Spider-Man's first appearance. The last of that series, Amazing Fantasy #15, was his first appearance.*
    *The series got picked up again with 16, 33 years later. Just trying to help correct a simple error on your part. Thanks for the vid and take care.

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  • Epb7304

    Mayfair is the American equivalent of boardwalk right?

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  • Christopher Johnson

    I'd give a kindy for a copy of black locus

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  • LagiNaLangAko23

    Oh, I heard about those mana gems.

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  • James Forinash

    Would be nice to include the total print run of 1st edition (Alpha) was about 2.6 million cards, 2nd edition (Beta) was about 7.3 million cards and Unlimited edition (shown in the video) was about 40 million cards. In Alpha, only 1,100 of each of the Power 9 were printed. No one played with sleeves back then and most of those got worn or damaged or even thrown away. So the real reason they are worth so much is that there is 10-20 million Magic the Gathering players and only 1,100 Alpha, 3,100 Beta and 17,000 Unlimited copies of each of those cards ever existed. Hard to determine how many still exist, but likely a full half are in really bad condition or gone. Also, Magic players that are getting older have more and more disposable income, so prices keep going up on a lot of cards from 1993 and 1994. Look up the Reserve List sometime.

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  • Tyler Benson

    I wonder why he hasn't had them graded, they look in pristine condition.

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  • Akrium S

    The cards are only worth what people are willing to pay for them.

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  • Kartof

    I have an amonkhet invocation that's worth more than $20

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  • SHGaming

    EXODIA OBILIRATE

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  • colton

    Danm to anyone saying that black lotus is p2w theirs a little effect called infect and tbh its surprisingly less toxic and dirty than this comment section. 😀

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  • Max Jaques

    I was mad at myself for buying a gold star Pokemon card for $60, but now I no longer feel like a complete moron.

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  • Foxtrot November

    One thing that I hate in this and other trading cards except yugioh cards is the mana pool!

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  • Maximilian Blaubär

    They are "worth" this much, because people are investing in the cards instead of playing them and this way investors basicly steal cards/money from the playing community.

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  • Tyler_Plurden

    My beta power 9 cost less than 27k think you got screwed bruh

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  • awychoi

    What security features do these have to deter fakes?

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  • Yautja Prime

    The answer is because some people think they are worth that even though they are just pieces of cardboard just like any other MTG card. Garfield never intended for cards to be worth more than about $10 at the most. Yet some wonder why proxies are so popular. A kid can make his own power 9 if they want.

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  • Iĺlia Elrik

    I don't understand whether he says "three" or "free". So confusing

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  • TW1ST3D 0nE

    I play this game

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  • irlrp

    Well, like any collectible rare piece… Why some stamps are worth tens of thousands ? Same reason…
    And there are more expensive cards than the Power9, there are some cards that were printed and never distributed.
    And careful about magic cards, many EXCELLENT fakes out there…

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  • aj12

    The original in app purchases.

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  • Haidyn W

    Before watching the video:
    Because they are the Power 9. The "most powerful Magic cards ever printed" and for that reason they are on the reserved list. This means that they will never be reprinted for as long as they are on the list, driving their price up drastically. Simple supply and demand.

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  • Masrur

    Nerdsss! lol jk

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  • Shendue

    Same thing that makes everything collectible expensive: high demand + scarsity. Saved you 4 minutes.

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  • adnan tariq

    Thank god I don’t understand this.

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  • Master Thnag

    Well… the black lotus can go for a lot more than that depending on grade

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  • terryfeynman

    actually you can go in a shop, buy pack and get one of these cards, but these packs are expensive vintage packs from back in the day, only very few shops even have them

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  • Luliby

    As an actual Magic player, some of these comments make me laugh a lot.
    Also, your story about the start of Magic is wrong. Dr. Garfield created Magic as a game for between RPG sessions like D&D. No one who's covered Magic history has ever said that it was for conventions. That makes no sense at all.

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  • Echoir Kavre

    mm.. And how do people check the authenticity of the cards? How about if someone clones them. I don't know anything about Magic

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  • Litho

    “Tech” Insider.

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  • Arsal

    nonsense!

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  • IRONWAR

    I got a black lotus, thinking of selling 😀

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  • Hank Henshaw

    One of my "counts" got fused together from inactivity should have got sleeves 😢😭🤧👻🏃‍♂️

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  • Hank Henshaw

    🍕🌩⚡📸🕯📅?

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  • Hank Henshaw

    "Just chat" no money I bet I can get a date using no words just with magic cards and a yearbook at a random restraunt ⚡don't know what time yet

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  • Hank Henshaw

    On line

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  • David Smith

    WOW I just seen this.. I started playing Magic back in the Beta days.. I have ALL of those cards shown.. and bills to pay…

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  • Tim Z

    White border is worth less 😉

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  • blukorr

    The editor clearly knows nothing about CMC lolol

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  • TV Program

    Ok ok but….

    Can i have one ?

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  • elnubnub

    They are worth that much because creatures sucked back in the days, having one more mana was not the end of the world, now it's different

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  • Brad holland

    You make it Sound perfect marketing Is a fluke…What a geeek

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  • Brad holland

    You make it Sound perfect marketing Is a fluke…What a geeek

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  • 28 HA CHIP

    Anyone else have a mox pearl

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  • Dr Devil

    Are they banned in competitive play or are they free to use?

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  • Aaaa Aaaa

    Water

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  • Rob Carlson

    I'd argue tabernacle is worth more then most of those

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  • David Corneau

    I spent 54$ for all 9 of them and yes they are proxies and no one ever saw it

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  • randomeuropeanguy

    only two of these cards are actually powerful seeming, after explaining how black lotus can be used to do two others thats pretty cool, but take black lotus away and what do you have? cards that aren't actually powerful. draw 3 cards or make your opponent do it, so what? thats just some extra cards there are plenty of other cards that draw cards. "add 1 of insertmanatypehere" so what, its just a land that costs mana to play. the only one thats actually "woah thats unfair" is take an extra turn

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  • Flaminggaminggamer

    One that cost one THIS COST 2 one that cost 2THIS COST ONE

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  • DragonforceNinja76

    The first Spider Man comic was actually Amazing Fantasy #15

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  • A B

    Black lotus psa 10 today value is about 455.000 dollars. Psa 9.5 had been sold for 165.000 dollars last month.

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  • brando379 max

    One black lotus just sold for $166,000 lmao

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  • Scho0rschi

    Dude sell them fast before people realise that cardboard is worth nothing

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  • Ai-saacpi 4468

    He said amazing fantasy 1 Spiderman was actually in amazing fantasy 15

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  • Zachary sengol

    dude who is commenting about these cards knows nothing about magic lol. He also apparently does not know anything about comics… Amazing fantasy 1 ? lol. I think he meant amazing fantasy 15…. Do a little more research if you are going to do a video about this subject…

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  • Pam Treadway

    its amazing fantasy 15… know your comics!

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  • Unlikely To Be Useles

    Where are my boys that has at least 1 of the power nine


    Like of you dont and like if you have

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  • SAND_CASTLES

    I do have a gilded lotus

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  • Oscar Gold

    Ok, i believe this was a good explanation. I'd buy a new motorcycle with that money.

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  • HiIm DelaneyMartin

    I would probably be the coolest kid in school if I had these >:)

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  • Cris

    Satanic game

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